Top Tips for Blending Essential Oils
Experienced gardeners know all about the benefits of companion planting. Roses, for example, love garlic. And tomatoes love to be near basil (which makes perfect sense!). What is interesting about companions is that they complement and may even improve one another, and this applies to blending essential oils, too.
Answering the question: How do you blend essential oils? Is not so much about the technical process of mixing two oils together, but more about ratios, combinations, and desired outcomes. So, to ensure you can make the most of any essential oil blending you do, let's consider our top tips:
- Start with categories - If you were to head to your kitchen cabinets, it is a pretty fair guess that you have the goods in them sorted by some sort of categorization. My cabinets, for example, are divided into canned goods (which are further divided into other categories like beans, veggies, pickles, jams, and so on), baking supplies, vinegar and oils, and more. With essential oil blending, you need to also group your oils in a logical way.
This is usually done according to the traits of the oils (scent types like pine, cedar, etc.), effects (soothing, medicinal, and so on) and even more technical stuff like light oils versus heavy or slow evaporating versus fast evaporating.
- Choose "notes" - Most blends of essential oils feature three levels or notes. They include a top note, which is the first scent you will notice as you inhale the aroma you create. It is often light and not lingering. The middle note is the one that lasts for a long time and is often noted as the "heart" of the fragrance. The base note is the one that lasts for days rather than hours and should be something lightly detectable once the oil has worn off.
- Use five, not three - Though there are three strong notes, the best blends have around five oils for the nicest balance.
- Understand the ratios - Rarely is a blend a perfect balance of all five oils. For example, those who like chamomile often find it incredibly potent. Blending one drop with eight or more of a milder scent, like lavender, is not unusual. If you are going to create a 100 drop blend, you need to experiment with getting the ratios balanced, even if it means a one to eight ratios or even wider numbers.
- Think in colors - Many who struggle at first succeed when they visualize hues in addition to scent and then create an appealing "palette". For example, the pale lime of a citrus like lemon would work beautifully with a warmer hue like the deep rose you might visualize when inhaling the scent of ginger or cedarwood. If you are struggling, assign your essential oils a color or hue and then balance them against one another nicely.
Don't worry about formalities or technicalities. Blending essential oils is a fun and exciting activity that allows you to learn much each time you do it.